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Proceeds support nutrition programs for clients and residents living with HIV/AIDS

SEATTLE - (Jan. 23, 2009) — More than 300 community and corporate leaders gathered Sunday, Jan. 18, for an exclusive, multi-course Chefs' Dinner, helping to raise more than $285,000 for Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled nursing facility operated by Virginia Mason Medical Center that cares for people living with HIV/AIDS and other complex, life-threatening diseases. An additional 100 guests joined them at a pre-dinner, hors d’oeuvres reception and silent wine auction.

The event was the most successful Chefs' Dinner to date, exceeding last year's funds raised by more than $15,000. The increase was due to the tremendous generosity of host Bell Harbor International Conference Center and Columbia Hospitality; event sponsor, the Safeco Insurance Foundation; all the chefs who donated their time, talents and food to the cause; and the more than 500 participants and volunteers who opened their hearts and pocketbooks to Bailey-Boushay House. Emcee for the evening was media personality Dick Foley. 

"Even during this time of economic uncertainty, supporters of Chefs' Dinner amaze us with their generosity and willingness to give to Bailey-Boushay House," said Darren Kerbs, director of events at Virginia Mason Foundation. "We far exceeded our fundraising goals and previous years' proceeds. Donors know what a tremendous difference every gift makes to our clients. Their gifts reflected the critical need to sustain this important community asset."

The appetizers and dinner were prepared by celebrated area chefs, including Eric Banh, Baguette Box and Monsoon; Daniel Molina, Bailey-Boushay House; Jay Bartleson, Bell Harbor International Conference Center; Holly Smith, Café Juanita; Joseba Jimenez de Jimenez, The Harvest Vine and Txori; Jason Bray, Ivar's; Jim Drohman, Le Pichet and Café Presse; Brock Johnson, Lola; Rich Coffey, Madison Park Café; Adam Federoff, Rosebud Restaurant & Bar; Peter Birk, Ray's Boathouse; Craig Hetherington, TASTE Restaurant; Walter Pisano, Tulio; and Erin Powell, Yarrow Bay Grill.

About Bailey-Boushay House
Bailey-Boushay House, opened in 1992, is America's first skilled nursing facility that was planned, funded, built and staffed to meet the needs of people living with AIDS. The nationally-recognized facility provides care for people living with HIV/AIDS and other complex, life-threatening diseases promoting their health, well-being and functional independence. Bailey-Boushay is operated by Virginia Mason Medical Center.

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Alisha Mark
(206) 341-1509

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